Easy Birds Nest Cookies

I needed to bake…. I wanted to bake…. and I had a craving for Birds Nest Cookies.  So I went looking at recipe’s and then blended a few to come up with my own!

Dessert tonight - I wonder if there will be any left tomorrow?

Dessert tonight – I wonder if there will be any left tomorrow

 

Here is my easy recipe – it makes about 2 doz – depending on size of cookie!  LOL!  I only got 20!

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and lightly grease cookie sheet
  2. before starting dough finely chop 1 cup walnuts and place into a bowl
  3. in a small bowl beat one egg with 1 tbsp. of  milk
  4. place walnuts and egg mixture to the side until the dough is formed
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2/3 cup demara brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • cream butter, sugar and vanilla together until soft
  • add 2 cups unbleached flour to creamed mixture and mix until soft dough forms
  • roll into approx. 1 inch balls
  • dip each ball into egg mixture and then roll in walnuts
  • place on greased cooked sheet, approx. 1/2 inch apart; and form a well in the center of each cookie with your thumb
  • spoon approx. 1/2 tsp jam into each well

Bake in 350º for 15 to 18 min – cool on sheet 5 min and then move to cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Lynette

 

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Knitting Every Minute – Well Almost!

Looking up the sides of a Big Leaf Maple - all the new growth just popping out of the trunk itself!  Life is persistent!

Looking up the sides of a Big Leaf Maple – all the new growth just popping out of the trunk itself! Life is persistent!

Green on Green - watery reflections,

Green on Green – watery reflections,

Right now the shawl for the Stevie Nicks design competition is occupying every waking moment and some sleeping ones as well!  LOL!

But meals still need to be cooked (some of them anyway) and Sophie needs to be walked and my hands and shoulders can only take so much!  They need a break and a change of motion.  Tomorrow I see the massage therapist – she will keep those shoulders and arms in shape.

Yesterday morning we walked the Upper Colliery Dam and this morning we walked the Lower Colliery Dam.

Hovering over the water - waiting? - watching? Motionless except for the wings - beautiful!

Hovering over the water – waiting? – watching? Motionless except for the wings – beautiful!

Half moon morning.

Half moon morning.

Each day was the same – beautiful skies with green shady pathways.  So many pathways.  Some are wide and paved, some are narrow and filled with roots,  All are beautiful.

There were birds, squirrels, spider webs festooning the branches and gleaming in the random rays of sunshine.   And dragonfly’s dancing over the surface of the lakes and hovering over the reeds.  We are experiencing some stunning late Summer Days.

Hope that you enjoy the days!

Lynette

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Amongst the Parsley!

Amongst the Parsley - A Black Swallowtail caterpillar!

Amongst the Parsley – A Black Swallowtail caterpillar!

The other evening as I was clipping parsley for my sauce – I made a wonderful discovery!  A Black Swallowtail Caterpillar had taken up residence in my Parsley plant!

I hope you have a great day full of wonderful discoveries!

Lynette

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Designing an Element – Rhiannon Update

Rhiannon is well underway

Rhiannon is well underway

Saturday afternoon I strung 400 crystals onto my yarn.  Later that day I strung 100 more and even later I strung 100 more.  The best laid plans usually fade in the reality test.

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The body is about 16 rows away from being finished!

The body is about 16 rows away from being finished!

The air was blue as I started the center of the square – the loops almost made me crazy.  But the center was done and it was good.

I am 8 rounds away from finishing the first motif – only eight motifs left!  Each motif is about 18 inches square before blocking.

I hope that you like!

Lynette

 

Love the shape

Love the shape

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Gloves – in Search of the Perfectly Fitting Pair!

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Originally posted on Le Tissier Designs:
I knit my first pair of gloves because I could never find gloves to fit my broad palm and short fingers.   I think that was around 2005.  I really started to get excited about…

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Sea Change

Amazing Skies at Neck Point - a sea change is in the air.

Amazing Skies at Neck Point – a sea change is in the air.

Changing colour in the Trees.

Changing colour in the Trees.

A “sea change” around here usually means that a change in the weather is coming –  most of our weather comes from the direction of the Ocean!  Right now there is a bite in the breeze – the skies are changing – Fall is on its way!

Fall Harvest!  Free Bounty!

Fall Harvest! Free Bounty!

We have really noticed the change in this last weekend.  Leaves are starting to change colour – some are dropping to the ground – and some are simple dying back.  Blackberries are ripening rapidly.  I have already made multiple bottles of jam and a couple of pies – oh I love blackberry pie!  And my freezer is filling up with the free bounty.  This year a friend invited me to pick on her property – the easiest picking I have done in years.

First Blackberry pie of the Season.

First Blackberry pie of the Season.

Chase River was livened up by these beautiful pink spires of colour!

Chase River was livened up by these beautiful pink spires of colour!

We walked at Chase River Estuary, Neck Point and Nanaimo River Regional Park this weekend.  Each one different, but all in the throes of change.  There were very few birds to be seen this weekend.  Crows, a few gulls and of course Canadian Geese – though the geese are starting to head south.  The Estuary was particularly quiet.

As we walked around Neck Point, we saw a gull – with an eating problem – the sea star hanging out of his mouth was bigger than his throat – I am not quite sure what he is going to do about it!

Dinner was a little more than he could handle.

Dinner was a little more than he could handle.

We also saw a couple of seals floating around the rocks in the bays and a very happy squirrel – eating away at a pine cone.  In the small marsh was a large turtle, sunning himself on a log – the lighting and angle were perfect for a wonderful reflection.

IMG_7365IMG_7370In a small hollow there was a little clump of Fall Crocus – a bright beacon in the yellow grasses and grey rocks.

The skies at Neck Point were incredible, clouds piled upon each other, or broken with blue – these were the portents of the fall ahead.

This frog refused to move.  It stayed perfectly still as I moved around it taking a multiple of pictures.

This frog refused to move. It stayed perfectly still as I moved around it taking a multiple of pictures.

At Nanaimo River Regional we saw a couple of frogs, one in the water and one on land.  I am always happy to see the frogs – it means that we live in a very clean environment, frogs are always the first to suffer from pollution.  It was here that I really noticed the leaves changing, as we walked along the pathway, leaves were falling, dancing on the breeze in front of us as we continued along the path.  The White Pine’s were heavy with their large cones – if only the squirrel from neck point had seen these cones – they were almost as big as the squirrel!

Fall in in the air and in the pale blue skies above us!

Fall in in the air and in the pale blue skies above us!

Gleaming Gold as the fabric moves.

Gleaming Gold as the fabric moves.

“Sea Change” also can mean transformation.  And right now I am transforming some yarn and beads into a shawl – one fit to evoke a time and place – one fit for Rock and Roll Royalty!  I am cruising along on the main body of the shawl, it is slow going with beads on more and more stitches on every right side row – this shawl will gleam gold as the wearer moves!

There is energy in this change – I hope that you are ready for an incredible Fall Season!

Happy Walking and Happy Knitting!

Lynette

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Challenging Week

Rhiannon Shawl - center line detail in the back.

Rhiannon Shawl – center line detail in the back.

This has been an interesting week.  It had gone from panic to joy and back to panic again.  Busy doesn’t even begin to encompass the activity level!

Tassel detail - first one - may make some changes.

Tassel detail – first one – may make some changes.

Most of the Angst was around the Rhiannon Project.

The yarn is so much better in person - the colours are deeper, richer, much more mysterious!

The yarn is so much better in person – the colours are deeper, richer, much more mysterious!

First; the yarn got lost in the Mail.  It was eventually found by my ex-postie husband, languishing in the post-office in the carded section – we never got the card and believe me we were watching for the parcel.  Second; Having become suspicious of all things parcel – I checked on the status of the beads!  They too were languishing – but not at the post office – OH NO – they were at Canada Customs – to have the contents reviewed!

Having a parcel checked by Canada Customs is not unusual – it happens quite often with the yarn that Mad About Ewe brings into Canada from the US.  That is the job of Canada Customs.  But as I found out, once the parcel is with Customs it can be held for up to 15 business days.  The young man on the phone was very polite and understanding as I explained my problem with the time issue and how I really needed those beads – I had a deadline!  But the answer was still the same – 15 days!  There was no way to expedite the process!

The Jazzy Shawl is finished - Colinton Mohair produces great results!

The Jazzy Shawl is finished – Colinton Mohair produces great results!

My shawl - the Rhiannon prototype - notice the back - no center line - the shawl swirls to the right - the front won't hang straight - not a problem for me as I can work around it - but not what I wanted for Rhiannon.

My shawl – the Rhiannon prototype – notice the back – no center line – the shawl swirls to the right – the front won’t hang straight – not a problem for me as I can work around it – but not what I wanted for Rhiannon.

The Knitting Gods must have been feeling generous as the beads were released from Canada Customs that same afternoon and arrived the next morning.  Since Wednesday I have been knitting like crazy and I am pleased with the results.  Once the beads arrived my stress level dropped significantly – now I just have the Sept 22 deadline to contend with – deadlines I can handle!  LOL!

While waiting for everything – I finished up the Jazzy Shawl it is now blocked and on display at Mad About Ewe.  I also started a new shawl for myself – though it is sort of the prototype for Rhiannon.  I checked out the start and set up of the lace pattern.  I changed a few things for Rhiannon so the practice time was useful!

I hope that you had a great week!

I will be knitting most of the weekend – a great way to spend the Labour Day long weekend!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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